When Xavier and Tanya Candia visited Italy in 2004, they spent weeks traveling around Umbria on back roads, exploring the many medieval villages that were just a stone's throw from cities such as Perugia and Spoleto. When they found a 400-year-old property in Fratticiola Selvatica, it was uninhabitable. No roof, no floors, no windows, crumbling walls, and completely overgrown with vines. There was even a 50-year-old fig tree growing inside the house. Nevertheless, they purchased it and set about reconstructing the "casa padronale" or manor house.
Thanks to a lot of persistence, countless trips to Italy from California, and the assistance of some remarkable people, the house is now one of the jewels of Umbria. Situated on a dramatic hillside, it boasts spectacular views. The house has two guest suites, which together sleep 10 - 12 people. Two additional bedrooms in the main house are also available for rental, for a total of 14-16 people.
WHY STAY AT VILLA CANDIA?
It's a dream to spend your days basking in sunshine, swimming in the infinity pool overlooking the magnificent valley, or strolling through the orchards of this private, secluded, utterly peaceful ancient Italian villa. In the evening, to eat in one of the award-winning local restaurants, savoring local olive oil, truffles and wines. During the summer and autumn, to visit a festa or sagra in a nearby village where you can mingle with the local people and taste the best of Umbrian regional cuisine.To take the train to Florence for a day of sightseeing, or spend the day on the beaches of tbe Adriatic, yet be back in time for a leisurely dinner al fresco.
WHERE EXACTLY IS VILLA CANDIA?
We're just a two-hour drive from Rome, 1 1/2 hours from Florence, and 1 hour from the beaches of the Adriatic and the ferries to Croatia.The nearest airport, San Francesco di Assisi, is just 12 km away, between Perugia and Assisi. See Google map to the right.